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American Indian Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture

The wide variety and splendid artistry of American Indian visual arts is powerfully illustrated in the remarkable range of available paintings, drawings, and sculptures. From token totems to striking sand paintings, American Indian art tells the story of both tribal histories and artistic evolution.

Since the dawn of the great Native American tribes, their people chronicled their history through the arts. Songs told of ancestral heroes, and paintings recounted major triumphs and elements of tribal significance. The arts proved essential in carrying this vast history.

At the same time, these paintings, drawings, and sculpture allows for artistic ingenuity. Drawn geometric patterns and painted symbolic motifs served in some cases as means of identifying a particular tribe or person while adding to the visual richness of the piece. These artistic traditions spawned from these early days are carried on by American Indians today.


Quick Facts

  • The oldest recorded art object from American Indian culture dates to 11,000 B.C. Found near Vero Beach, Florida, it is a small segment of bone with a carved representation of a mammoth in profile
  • The tallest carved totem on record stands near Alert Bay along the western coast of British Columbia. Measuring 173 feet tall, the totem is actually three individual poles stacked on top of each other
  • The Navajo tribe of the American southwest perfected the art of sand paintings, which give their compositions a textural quality

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Engraved sun stone
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Engraved sun stone
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$1256 Bids
Frog Effigy Stone Pipe Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Apr 07, 1:00 PM CDT
Frog Effigy Stone Pipe Indian Artifact Arrowhead
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Est: $1,000- $20,000
$1106 Bids
Popeyed Birdstone Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Apr 07, 1:00 PM CDT
Popeyed Birdstone Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$202 Bids
Bird Effigy Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Apr 07, 1:00 PM CDT
Bird Effigy Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$152 Bids
KACHINA PAINTING.
Mar 09, 11:00 AM EST
KACHINA PAINTING.
by Amelia Jeffers
Est: $100- $200
$502 Bids
Popeyed Birdstone Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Apr 07, 1:00 PM CDT
Popeyed Birdstone Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$102 Bids
Julian "Pocano" Martinez (San Ildefonso Pueblo)
Mar 14, 2:00 PM CDT
Julian "Pocano" Martinez (San Ildefonso Pueblo)
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $700- $1,000
$7502 Bids
Signed Lmt Navajo Storyteller Sand Painting
Mar 09, 10:00 AM MST
Signed Lmt Navajo Storyteller Sand Painting
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$402 Bids
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Glenna Goodacre (1939-2020), "Cochiti Head Study," 1999
Mar 12, 10:00 AM PDT
Glenna Goodacre (1939-2020), "Cochiti Head Study," 1999
by John Moran Auctioneers
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$5502 Bids
Birdstone Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Apr 07, 1:00 PM CDT
Birdstone Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$101 Bid
Birdstone Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Apr 07, 1:00 PM CDT
Birdstone Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$101 Bid
Birdstone Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Apr 07, 1:00 PM CDT
Birdstone Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$101 Bid
Brass Indian shooting bow figure
Mar 16, 10:00 AM EDT
Brass Indian shooting bow figure
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
Popeyed Birdstone Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Apr 07, 1:00 PM CDT
Popeyed Birdstone Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$101 Bid
Ernest Chapella (Hopi/New Mexico, d. 1997)
Mar 14, 2:00 PM CDT
Ernest Chapella (Hopi/New Mexico, d. 1997)
by Neal Auction Company
Est: $100- $200
$701 Bid
Stone Lizzard Effigy Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Apr 07, 1:00 PM CDT
Stone Lizzard Effigy Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$101 Bid
Bird Effigy Stone Pipe Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Apr 07, 1:00 PM CDT
Bird Effigy Stone Pipe Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$101 Bid
Fish Effigy Pendant Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Apr 07, 1:00 PM CDT
Fish Effigy Pendant Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$101 Bid
Inuit Bird Sculptures - Bone, Antler, Walrus Ivory
Mar 08, 8:00 AM MST
Inuit Bird Sculptures - Bone, Antler, Walrus Ivory
by Artemis Gallery
Est: $400- $600
$2501 Bid
Birdstone Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Apr 07, 1:00 PM CDT
Birdstone Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$101 Bid
Bird Effigy Indian Artifact Arrowhead
Apr 07, 1:00 PM CDT
Bird Effigy Indian Artifact Arrowhead
by Mike Nichols Auctions
Est: $1,000- $20,000
$101 Bid
Indian Chief Hand-Painted Bust
Mar 23, 7:00 AM PDT
Indian Chief Hand-Painted Bust
by California Auction Company LLC
Est: $0- $0
$251 Bid

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